All watches featured here are rare pieces of art available in very limited quantities. All of them are based upon 7 Windows and 5 Windows collections.
The watches are crafted from solid 18K gold or palladium. Movements are of Swiss origin and customized by Minase with special finishing. Each movement is equiped with a Minase customized rotor. The alligator strap is secured with a tongue buckle in the same material as for the case.
Each watch comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity and packed in a hand-made wooden box, wrapped in Minase furoshiki.
« K » SERIES BY KANAGAWA
The famous japanese artist and sculptor Kenji Kanagawa engraves each case with either 2 or 4 customized top sides. Each watch thus becoming a unique piece of art.
These timepieces can further be enhanced with a traditional japanese craft dial.
Finaly, the customer may choose his favourite kanji symbol to complete this very exclusive and custom-made timepiece.
Champlevé dials are engraved from a solid sterling silver plate filled with enamel.
Each theme is produced to a maximum of 8 units strictly numbered.
Crafted in solid palladium, « Minase One » is the first watch of this serie. The first model in the line pays tribute to Akita prefecture : Clear spring water, ducks and maple leaves.
Interview with Mr. Kanagawa
How long does the production take ?
Regarding a designed picture, there will be test and adjustment of the glaze, processing of the silver plate, and Champlevé, which may take about 2 months. It can be about a month to produce Champlevé in real hurry.
How many times of firing does it take ?
It depends on the techniques of using the glaze, but usually it takes more than 20 times.
How many degrees are the firing ?
It varies from 780 degrees to 810 degrees, depending on the process.
How is it different from ordinary enamel dial ?
Engraving the silver plate with hands, adjusting the width of thin walls partitioning the glaze, we can add dynamics and expression to the mandarin duck and waves to the water.
What was the hardest part during the production ?
The walls partitioning the glaze was extremely thin, it was very difficult to prevent the glaze from overflowing. Putting the glaze sand into the narrow delicate partitions, creating ideal gradation to the colors are also very difficult.
NEEDLE ART SERIES
From a stainless steel dial, the artist will design the pattern of your choice (except portraits) by using a needle that will remove the PVD color that was applied and let the original steel base appear.